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Defense Base Act Resources

Many, many articles about Defense Base Act Resources. Created in 1941, the Defense Base Act law provides medical coverage, compensation, and the right to choose your own doctor. The DBA covers those who work overseas as civilian contractors for private employers Department of Defense firms working on foreign military bases for the U.S. government, or who work on contracts approved and funded by the U.S. Government. Anyone injured on the job and who is denied medical care has the right to an attorney who is paid by the insurer or the employer, not by the individual. Garfinkel Schwartz has provided civilian contractors with DBA defense help since 1976.

Beware Tricks Insurers Use to Deny Claims

Hi. This is Brian Wiklendt with Garfinkel Schwartz. I’m coming to you from our Maitland Florida office, which is a suburb of Orlando. I’m lead counsel here. What I’d like to do is talk to you a little bit about what insurance companies try to do under the Defense Base Act to get away with […]


Know Rights Before Going to 3rd World Countries

Hi. This is Brian Wiklendt with Garfinkel Schwartz. I’m here in my Maitland Florida office, which is a suburb of Orlando. I just got back from a bunch of travels and I grew my goatee out during the trips and now it’s officially pure gray. I’m not very happy about that. It kind of stinks […]


Contractors Who Wear Body Armor

Brian Wiklendt talks to civilian contractors who wear body armor overseas and who work outside the wire in war zones, danger zones. Brian addresses contractors in certain jobs including: Bomb dog handlers, Helicopter repair men, Aircraft pilots, People in security intelligence, Logistics, Translators.

These jobs are physically demanding and people are often hurt in these positions. This is why it’s better to plan ahead and talk with a lawyer before you go overseas so that you’re prepared and ready to recuperate.


What is a Scheduled Injury

The sometimes lengthy process of categorizing disabilities and determining whether and the extent to which injured contractors can return to work, are good reasons why contractors need experienced attorneys like Brian Wiklendt who know Defense Base Act law. And if you don’t talk with Brian, that’s OK. But talk to another DBA lawyer who has clients overseas and knows the processes for post injury scenarios.


What is a Non-scheduled Injury?

Non-scheduled injuries suffered by civilian contractor clients are common. The sad truth is that many of the injuries sustained in conflict zones are non-scheduled. For example, a study published in The Journal of Surgical Orthopedic Advances in the fall of 2014 looked at 450 U.S. soldiers who were discharged for medical reasons.


Civilian Contractor Update: Yemen

As lead counsel in the law firm Garfinkel Schwartz, I can help you know your rights before you actually have to assert them. If you’re working in Yemen or you end up as a contractor overseas please contact an attorney that knows about the Defense Base Act so that you can understand what your rights are.


Civilian Contractor Update: Libya

Libya is split into two parallel governments, with a range of tribes and militia fighting for power, which means the North African country is completely unstable. The fighting is not just about power to control government or defeat ISIS; the various factions also want control over Libya’s vast oil fields.

The self-proclaimed Islamic State, or ISIS, has complicated a power struggle between the rival governments, the United Nations-backed Government of National Accord and the General National Congress.


Civilian Contractor Update Nigeria

The U.S. has not placed as much emphasis on Nigeria because the U.S. has been more worried about Syria and Iraq but Nigeria’s importance to Africa and as a source of oil makes it worth watching.

You might remember that the Boko Haram gained international notoriety in 2014 when it kidnapped 276 schoolgirls. Nigeria is Africa’s largest oil producer and Boko Haram has sabotaged oil pipelines in the south of the country.


Civilian Contractor Update Turkey

Whether it’s Syria, Libya, the East China Sea, the South China Sea, South Korea, Iraq, Yemen, the Ukraine, Afghanistan, Eastern Europe, Turkey or anywhere else in the world, if you’re a contractor, you really need to talk with a Defense Base lawyer before you go to work.


Civilian Contractor Update Ukraine

The Ukraine is a divided country following a crisis that began in early 2014. At that time, violent protests over the then Ukrainian president’s decision to reject a deal for greater integration into the European Union forced him to flee the country. Current President Petro Poroshenko eventually assumed office in Ukraine.


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